When it comes to boxes for moving and storage, size matters! Of course, we are referring strictly to the dimensions of cardboard cartons, as finding the right box size to store your items is often a challenge for the best of us. As we at Vaultra want you to come to our facility fully prepared so we can all make the most of our storage space, we’ve compiled some box size guide tips.
Whether you are experienced or not with packing boxes for a big move, being able to identify the right box is an important step. Having a box with the correct measurements can make it easier to securely store your belongings, and prevent you from wasting unnecessary money on boxes which can’t accommodate your items. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:
The size of your items plays a major role when it comes to sourcing the right box for you. As a main factor, having a clear idea of your object sizes and quantity allows you to invest in boxes that will contain them snugly and safely. Before you order or pick up boxes, start off by measuring your items (length, width and height) to calculate their dimensions. As well, don’t forget to measure your box sizes. At Vaultra, we can welcome all of your boxes, but we want to make sure that everything is safely packed up first!
Don’t forget to use a ruler or measuring tape, as a trusty tool during the measurement process. Be sure to take the length, width and height of the box into account, and to write down each of these carefully. We’ve created an easy strategy guide, so you’re all ready for your trip to a Vaultra Storage facility.
1) The first dimension to measure is length. Length is always the longest side of the box that has a flap.
2) The next dimension is width. The width side also has a flap, but is always the side shorter than the length.
3) Last is the height of the box. Height is the only dimension without a flap. Measure the standing side of the box from top to bottom.
Knowing the most effective way to fit your items is also important. If you have irregularly shaped items, it is especially useful to measure them to calculate if items will fit. For instance, if you are storing a rug, you may need to roll it up and put it in a long, narrow box.
Ultimately, the box should provide a snug fit to whichever items you are storing. If the boxes are significantly larger than the items placed in them, they won’t be effective for protecting objects from being harmed if moved, and will consume more space than warranted. Using corrugated inserts, wrapping paper, air pillows, crinkle-cut paper or biodegradable peanuts for effective ways to securely store items. It is also useful to combine multiple items in one box to save space and maximize the box’s usefulness.
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